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D2 September News Update

Sixteen years ago, I came to Surprise from the San Francisco Bay area in search of a peaceful and tranquil retirement. There was something so special and incredibly unique about Surprise that drew me to ultimately relocate here, and that decision has afforded me so many blessings. The best gift that Surprise provided to me came in the form of my dear husband Jim, and the time that we were fortunate to have together. Although he is no longer with us, his spirit lives on and I am constantly reminded of the beautiful times we had together. Surprise allowed us to enjoy our retirement through its diverse offerings and inclusivity, most specifically through the various age-restricted communities.

For these reasons and more, I am proud to call Sun City Grand my home. With its world-class golf courses and luxurious amenities, it truly is a gem. It is no surprise to me then, that 55places.com, as part of its annual survey, ranked Sun City Grand as the 4th best 55+ Community in the United States for 2018. The website noted the amenities, activities, golf courses, and modern floor plans as the main draw for retirees. What makes this all the more impressive is that over 2,000 communities are featured on the website! If that’s not impressive, I don’t know what is.

I believe that this accomplishment is not only a testament to the greatness of Sun City Grand, but to Surprise as a whole! Surprise has always been an amazing city to live in, but it is at a turning point where so many new and great things are happening. Because of all these exciting developments, we continue to attract individuals and families to settle in Surprise for the long-term. As such, I feel that it is my duty to promote measures that make it a safe and desirable place to live.

Last month, my colleagues and I approved the Distracted Driving Ordinance, which goes into effect this week. Essentially, the ordinance makes it illegal to use a mobile communication device – such as a cell phone – while driving, unless it is in hands-free mode, or the driver is contacting emergency personnel for emergency reasons. Under the law, violators will be subject to a $250 fine when cited by officers. I feel that this measure was long overdue, and will bring an additional layer of safety to drivers here in Surprise.

This ordinance is a positive step in the right direction, and could not have been made possible without the dedicated work of our public safety officials in the Surprise Police Department, and the approval of my colleagues on the City Council. I hope we all take this opportunity to be more mindful of how we drive and interact with the roads throughout Surprise. As Police Chief Terry Young stated, “no text message or phone call is worth risking a collision.”

From the moment I stepped into office, traffic safety was a top priority of mine, and I will continue to work alongside Chief Young to discover new ways of preventing more tragedies from occurring. I would be remiss not to mention how much the March pedestrian fatality shook the Sun City Grand community, and the Surprise community as a whole and I hope laws like this and continued efforts to push our Drive Wise, Surprise safe-driving campaign will prevent future accidents.

I would love to discuss traffic safety issues with you. Please give me a call anytime at (623) 222-1322, or email me at Nancy.Hayden@surpriseaz.gov. I would also love to speak with you in-person at one of my district meetings – either the 2nd Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at Arizona Traditions Neighborhood Center, or the 4th Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Sun City Grand Palm Center, Mediterranean Room.

District 2 Update – August 2018

As the month of August gets underway, temperatures remain high, and so does the temptation to lounge by the poolside or take a dip in the nearest lake. Here in Arizona, it is so easy to take for granted the luxury of relaxing by the water, that we may forget how easy it is for a child to slip into a pool unnoticed. Whether stepping inside the house to grab a towel, walking away from the lake shore to grab a drink from the cooler, or paying too much attention to what’s on our cell phone, we must not forget to take proper steps to adequately supervise children around any body of water.

Since 2004, August has been designated as Drowning Impact Awareness Month in Arizona. Each year, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona partner with local cities and the Governor’s office to promote awareness for drowning prevention and water safety practices. According to the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona website, June, July, and August are peak times for child drownings in Arizona, however back to school distractions in August make it a high risk month for child drowning. Although child drownings are nearly 100% preventable, they continue to be a top cause of injury and death for children in Arizona. In fact, between 2010 and 2015, drowning was the leading cause of death among children aged 1-4 years old. This is an alarming statistic that I hope to see decline in the immediate future.

For the past few years, Mayor Wolcott has proclaimed August as Drowning Impact Awareness Month in the City of Surprise. This year, the proclamation will be read aloud and presented to the city’s Fire Department at the August 7th City Council meeting. To provide more opportunities for water safety, the City is also offering free beginner group swim lessons for 3-5 year olds thanks to a sponsorship with Surprise Firefighter Charities. There are two sessions in August; session 1 takes place from the 6th to the 16th, and session 2 takes place from the 20th to the 30th. Group lessons for ages 6 & up, as well as private lessons for all ages are also available. Fees for Surprise residents start at only $25! For more information, call the Surprise Aquatic Center at (623) 222-2500. Space is limited and fills up fast, so call today!

Salt River Project (SRP) provides a fantastic opportunity for families with young children who have pools in their backyards. Thanks to a partnership with United Phoenix Fire Union Charities, SRP provides free pool fences to families who have one or more children aged 6 and under living in the home, and meet specific income requirements. Details and the application can be found on SRP’s website, https://www.srpnet.com/safety/home/poolfence.aspx.

In closing, I want to leave you with this great tip, which you will see on all Drowning Impact Awareness Month literature: To prevent child drownings, follow the ABC’s of Water Safety – Adult supervision when children have access to water, Barriers between children and water, and Classes in CPR for adults, swimming lessons for children at the appropriate age. You’ve probably heard it before, but taking your eyes off of a child for just two seconds can mean the difference between life and death. As always, I am happy to speak more about this topic. Please give me a call at (623) 222-1322, or email me at Nancy.Hayden@surpriseaz.gov.

D2 July News Update

District Meetings

Every year, the Surprise City Council takes a month-long recess in July, with regular meetings resuming the first Tuesday in August (August 7th). Although we will not be meeting this month, I encourage you to stay engaged! Give me a call at (623) 222-1322, or send me an email at Nancy.Hayden@surpriseaz.gov. I would also love to speak with you in-person at one of my district meetings – either the 2nd Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. at Arizona Traditions Neighborhood Center (July 11th), or the 4th Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Sun City Grand Palm Center, Mediterranean Room (July 24th).

Upcoming Events

I want to take this opportunity to share some of the exciting events the City will be hosting this week. The 35th Annual Fourth of July Celebration will be held this Wednesday, July 4th at the Surprise Stadium, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. Come by and watch a rookie league baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Texas Rangers, with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. and the first pitch at 5:30 p.m. After the game, stick around to view the 20 minute firework show! Admission to the game is free, but canned food donations are encouraged. If you prefer to skip the game and just enjoy the fireworks, Mark Coronado Park will be open to the public for live music and lawn seating at 6:00 p.m. The park is located just north of the stadium, at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

Additionally, the City is hosting the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, from July 5th to July 9th at Mark Coronado Park. The replica wall was created so that people who cannot travel to DC, can still share in this special way of honoring and remembering the sacrifice of our Vietnam service members. The wall is engraved with more than 58,000 names of killed or missing Vietnam service men and women. This event is free to the public, and will be open 24 hours for viewing. Directory books will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

July 5, 9:00 a.m.
The Moving Wall Opens to Public

July 6, 6:00 a.m.
Welcome Ceremony

July 9, 6:00 a.m.
Closing Ceremony

July 9, 12:00 p.m.
The Moving Wall Closes

Independence Day Schedule Changes

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day. Due to the holiday, City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that there will be a modified collection schedule that week. Monday and Tuesday pickup will not be affected. Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday, July 5; Thursday collection will occur on Friday, July 6. Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers, and as such, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider. For questions about the trash and recycling schedule, please call 623.222.1900.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Meet the new Commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB

I had the honor of meeting Brigadier General Todd Canterbury, who will serve as Commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base. General Canterbury assumes command from Brigadier General Brook Leonard. Under Gen. Leonard’s leadership over the last two years, the base has received many accolades, including the Air Education and Training Command Weapons Excellence Award and Outstanding Unit Award, the Gen. Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award, and the Gen. Mark A. Welsh III One Air Force Award in 2018. Although he will be greatly missed, I wish Gen. Leonard the best of luck in his future endeavors, and look forward to Gen. Canterbury’s leadership.

Arizona is home to Gen. Canterbury, who grew up in the West Valley and is a graduate of ASU. Gen. Canterbury’s childhood was largely spent on Luke Air Force Base, with his father serving as the commander of Tactical Air Command’s 832nd Air Division from 1982 to 1984. Gen. Canterbury has previously served as a wing commander in Florida, and now comes to Luke from the Pentagon, where he was Director of the F-35 integration Office. As part of the Luke West Valley Council and as a resident of Luke’s neighboring community, I am excited to work with General Canterbury in leading Luke’s continued growth.

Be Heat Safe as Temperatures Rise

Things are heating up in Surprise- literally! With the summer season approaching, extreme heat is an ever-present issue. Each year, 30-50 Arizonans die due to summer heat. A large proportion of those deaths are among the elderly, aged 65 and over. Additionally, individuals with heart disease or high blood pressure pose a high risk for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

It is also noteworthy that certain medications can potentially cause adverse health effects during excessive heat events. Those medications include:

  • Anticholinergics – Antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Vistaril (hydroxyzine); Parkinsonism meds; Atropine/scopolamine; Belladonna alkaloids; Neuroleptics; and Antispasmodics
  • Stimulants – Ephedrine/pseudoephedrine and Dietary agents such as ma huang
  • Neuroleptics (antipsychotic) – Phenothiazines such as Mellaril (thioridazine), Thorazine, (chlorpromazine), promethazine, and prochlorperazine; Thioxanthenes such as chlorprothixene and Novane (thiothixene); and Butyrophenones such as haloperidol
  • Other – Lithium

In an effort to combat these statistics, the City of Surprise joined the Heat Relief Network, which provides hydration and cooling off stations with the ultimate goal of preventing heat-related deaths. The following cooling stations are open to anyone in need of relief from the heat:

Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W Bell Road Building A, Suite 124; and
Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301 (FS 301) – 16750 N Village Drive East

It is also important this time of year to have your air conditioning units inspected and repaired as-needed to ensure they function properly for the duration of the summer season. In the unfortunate event that your unit fails during the summertime, and you are unable to get a repairman out right away, please visit one of the cooling stations mentioned above to beat the heat.

Additionally, in the event of a power outage, APS can be reached at 1 (800) 240-2014. In the event of a medical emergency, dial 911, or for a non-emergency please call (623) 222-5000 for Surprise Fire-Medical.

Of course, the cooling and hydration stations could not be made possible without your help! You can assist those in need of relief by donating water bottles, sun screen, sun glasses and hats at either of the heat relief locations.

Finally, as a reminder, never leave children or pets unattended in your vehicle. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash related fatalities for children 14 and younger. A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult’s and when a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, they die. Be mindful when you transport children in the car and be sure to call 911 if you do see a child alone in a vehicle.

As always, I am here for you should you have any questions. Send me a message at Nancy.Hayden@surpriseaz.gov, or give me a call at (623) 222-1422. Have a safe and wonderful summer!

Additional details regarding the Circle City Water Election

As everyone is receiving their ballots for the May 15th Water Company election, I have begun to see an increase in questions regarding the acquisition. To clarify some confusion, here are some of the frequently asked questions that the Council and staff have been receiving. Should you have a question that is not addressed below, please contact our Water Resource Management Director, Terry Lowe, at (623) 222-6022 or by email at terry.lowe@surpriseaz.gov. You can also visit our Water Election webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection.

Question: I do not receive water service from the City of Surprise. What is the benefit of me voting in favor of this purchase?

Answer: As a member of the greater Surprise community, by voting in favor of this purchase you would help strengthen Surprise’s water position overall, which in turn will strengthen the City’s ability to attract businesses and to grow, therefore raising the standard of living, (for example, home values) for all residents, regardless of who one’s water provider is.

Additionally, the ability to grow the City’s water allocations today is a more cost effective way of growing the portfolio. By acquiring Circle City Water Company, we would grow the City’s annual right to Colorado Water by over 38%. If the City were to seek out water rights when the water is actually needed, the cost of those rights would be much greater. The costs to acquire rights to additional water sources continue to rise.

Question: The informational pamphlet states that the City of Surprise will use its current water assets to fund the purchase of Circle City Water Company. What are these assets?

Answer: The assets being referred to are called long term water storage credits. These credits represent water that is stored in the ground for later use. They have monetary value and are bought and sold, similar to stocks. The City generates credits every year by storing water in the ground. If we are successful in purchasing Circle City Water Company (CCWC), the City will have access to more water in which to store, in turn growing our stored water “bank account” at a greater rate. We plan on selling some of these credits to pay the cost of CCWC.

Question: Have there been any other offers submitted to purchase Circle City Water Company?

Answer: We have a commitment from the seller that if the vote is successful they will sell to us, assuming we can reach a deal.

Question: None of the information provided states the dollar amount for the purchase of the company. What is the price?

Answer: The price cannot be finalized until after the City has been given the authorization to complete negotiations by the voters and Council has reviewed the deal. We anticipate the final price will be in the low eight figures.

Question: Will taxes or water rates go up for current City of Surprise water customers in order to fund this purchase?

Answer: It is the City’s intent to not place the costs of this acquisition on the tax payers or into the Surprise Water utility rates. The City plans to utilize water portfolio assets to fund the acquisition. Even if the vote is successful, the City may elect to not purchase Circle City Water Company (CCWC) if the cost does not line up with what we believe they should be or if it is not within our desired repayment structure. City Council has the final say on both.

Question: What exactly are we acquiring through this purchase?

Answer: The City of Surprise Water utility will be acquiring the entire Company, its customer base, its infrastructure, and its water rights.

Question: If we purchase the company, what are our on-going obligation to its existing customers?

Answer: Upon completion, the City would be obligated to provide water service to its customers; who will become Surprise Water customers.

Question: What happens if we do not reach a deal in the negotiations for the purchase? Do we lose our water credits?

Answer: The City is not giving up anything to acquire the CCWC; if we are not able to acquire them, we will not be selling credits. If we are able to acquire them, we will be using what we gain through the sale to pay for them.

District 2 Update – May 2018

Hello, fellow neighbors!

As we approach the Summer season and our Winter residents head for cooler weather, I’d like to remind you all to stay engaged with what’s happening here on the home front. We have two very important elections coming up, so I want to be sure you have the most current information.

Circle City Water Acquisition

This month, registered voters will have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote on a way to increase our surface river water allocations to meet future needs.

In support of the City Council’s Strategic Plan goal to “Ensure sufficient water resources for current and future needs,” Council, in November, approved a Special Ballot-by-Mail Election on May 15, in which Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of Circle City Water Company.

Circle City Water Company is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. Circle City Water serves approximately 170 customers.

In addition to the company’s existing customer base, Circle City also has a Central Arizona Project (CAP) subcontract that would increase the City’s current CAP allocation of Colorado River water (Surface Water) by more than 38 percent.

If approved, the purchase would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets. As a reminder, Sun City Grand’s water provider is EPCOR and the city only manages the sewer portion of our water bill. Should voters approve the purchase and acquisition of Circle City Water, we will grow our surface water portfolio, which means we can service more people as the city grows.

Don’t forget, replacement ballot voting begins on May 5th. More information about this Special Election can be found at www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection, or by contacting the Water Resources Management Department at (623) 222-7100.

City Council Primary & General Elections

Five Council seats are up for election this year. Now more than ever, your vote can make a huge difference! The offices to be filled are as follows:

Three Council Seats with 4-year terms expiring in 2022: District 1 (Acacia), 5 (Palm), and 6 (Palo Verde).

Two Council Seat with a 2-year term expiring December 2020: District 3 (Mesquite) due to resignation in 2017, and District 2 (Cottonwood) to fill the remainder of a term left vacant due to the passing of my dear husband and your former Councilman, Jim Hayden, in 2017.

The deadline for voter registration is Monday, July 30th. If you are unsure of your registration status, visit www.maricopa.vote. Registration is also available in-person at the Surprise City Clerk’s Office Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Primary Election takes place Tuesday, August 28th, followed by a General Election (if necessary) on Tuesday, November 6th.

Stay In Touch!

As always, if you need to reach me, I can be contacted via email at nancy.hayden@surpriseaz.gov, by phone at (623) 222-1322, or through social media on Twitter @CM_Hayden or on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/councilwomanhayden. To our Winter residents, I encourage you to reach out to me if you want to know what’s happening here in Surprise while you’re away. To our year-round residents, I look forward to toughing out the heat with you!

Decide Surprise’s Water Future

Hello neighbors. I’m Nancy Hayden and I am humbled to serve as your District 2 Councilmember. I’m honored to be able to carry on the hard work and dedication of my late husband Jim. While I miss him dearly, it brings me comfort in knowing I can carry on his vision for making Surprise an even more amazing place to live.

Like Jim, I’m available and here for you! And I want to share the important news about our city with you. I begin with sharing news of an upcoming election that will have an impact on our city’s future water supply.

In May, registered voters will have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote on a way to increase our surface river water allocations to meet future needs.

In support of the City Council’s Strategic Plan goal to “Ensure sufficient water resources for current and future needs,” Council, in November, approved a Special Ballot-by-Mail Election on May 15, in which Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of Circle City Water Company.

If approved, the purchase would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets. A reminder that Sun City Grand’s water provider is EPCOR and the city only manages the sewer portion of our water bill.

Purchase increases our surface water supply

Circle City Water Company is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. Circle City Water serves approximately 170 customers.

In addition to the company’s existing customer base, Circle City also has a Central Arizona Project (CAP) subcontract that would increase the City’s current CAP allocation of Colorado River water (Surface Water) by more than 38 percent.

Current Surface Water Allocation – 10,249 acre feet per year

Circle City Water Surface Water Allocation – 3,932 acre feet per year

That’s a 38% increase!

Current Surprise water demand is approximately 7,700 acre feet per year, which serves about 16,000 customers. Just like Sun City Grand, not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise water customers.

Having a surface water supply is important

In order for the city to pump, treat, and deliver water to its customers, it has to demonstrate that it has an equal amount of renewable water in order to offset the water it pumps from the ground. Surface water from rivers, such as the Colorado River, is considered a renewable supply.

Colorado River water is currently the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. Having a right to more surface water is paramount to meet future demands.

Should voters approve the purchase and acquisition of Circle City Water, we will grow our surface water portfolio, which means we can service more people as the city grows.

Have Questions?

Educational public meetings will be scheduled ahead of the election. Meeting dates and locations will be posted on www.surpriseaz.gov.

An Information Pamphlet will also be mailed out in April to all registered households in Surprise.

Election Timeline

  • April 16, 2018 – Voter Registration Deadline
  • April 25, 2018 – Ballots mailed out to all registered households in Surprise. This is a ballot-by-mail election. The City Clerk’s Office will have a ballot drop-off box available beginning on this date.
  • May 5, 2018 – Replacement ballot voting begins
  • May 15, 2018 – Election Day

2018 Special Election information is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection.

Prescription Drug Abuse

The abuse of opioids in our country has become a national crisis. While you may think the problem stems from the use of illegal drugs, such as heroin, in many cases its everyday people- grandparents, parents and young people that become addicted to doctor-prescribed pain medications such as fentanyl and codeine.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that in 2015, 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids and more than 33,000 people died from overdosing on opioids.

In 2016, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) revealed that 790 Arizonans died from opioid overdose, an average of more than two people per day. Since 2012 opioid deaths in our state have increased 74 percent.

To combat this growing problem, the city of Surprise has implemented some strategies, including the creation of a website filled with information and resources to connect people that are fighting this addiction to those that can help them. A visit to www.surpriseaz.gov/opioidhelp will connect you to various local and national resources and support agencies working to end opioid abuse.

You will also find a link to an ADHS report, ordered by Governor Ducey, which includes legislative proposals to combat this epidemic. They include:

  • Imposing a five-day limit on all first fills for opioid patients to decrease the risk of dependence
  • Requiring e-prescribing for some controlled substance medications to mitigate fraudulent prescriptions
  • Requiring pharmacists to check if a patient has been prescribed both an opioid and a benzodiazepine- a combination proven to increase the risk of overdose

The report also recommends more first responders be trained on the use of naloxone (Narcan), used to help reverse an opioid overdose. In Surprise, both Fire-Medical and Police personnel are trained on the use of Narcan.

Fire-Medical has also established partnerships with substance abuse facilities that allow for direct transfer and immediate evaluation of patients as part of the new Treat and Refer program.

The city also has a RX Drop-off location in our Police Department lobby (14250 W. Statler Plaza), where you can safely dispose of your unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

Our Surprise TV channel continues to air ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism production Hooked RX: from prescription to addiction, which focuses on the abuse of prescription drugs. This is a follow-up to the Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona video they produced a few years ago, in which former Surprise Police Chief Mike Frazier was interviewed for. You can find links to both videos on the website.

While opioid abuse is a public health crisis, it is also a public safety concern. I have read stories where a person that became addicted to a prescription opioid turned to criminal activity when their doctor stopped their prescription. The addiction forced some to steal prescription pads to write out fraudulent prescriptions. While others turned to drug dealers to obtain illegal opioids, which are much stronger and can result in overdose.

The opioid epidemic took decades to create and we will not solve it overnight. It will take legislative and financial support at the federal level, in addition to state legislation to turn things around. It will take patients asking their doctors about alternative non-addicting prescriptions. It will take all of us to become better informed and to connect those that are fighting this addiction to the people that can help them.

If you have any questions about this issue or want to discuss it further, please reach out to me at 623.222.1322 or email me at jim.hayden@surpriseaz.gov.

General Obligation Bond Election 2017 – Pavement Preservation Question

My fellow neighbors, we are a month away from the November 7 General Obligation Bond Election. As you may recall since August, I have utilized my monthly article to go over each of the three questions voters will be asked to decide. We began with the $34 million Public Safety Question that would fund six projects to address public safety needs. In September, we looked at the three road safety projects listed under the $15.5 million Traffic Congestion Mitigation Question, and this month we’ll explore the $10 million Pavement Preservation Question.

Citywide Pavement Preservation and Street Maintenance

Project Need: The city has more than 1,400 paved street-lane miles. The estimated full replacement value is approximately $773 million. The 2015 independent assessment of city streets revealed the network was showing deterioration over time. Council increased the annual pavement preservation program budget from $1.8 million to $4.5 million in FYs 2016-2018. While, the budget currently can provide for lower-cost maintenance treatments, it is not sufficient to fund major pavement restructuring of Bell Road, for example, from east of the bridge to Parkview. The National Center for Pavement Preservation shows that spending a dollar on maintenance pavement preservation can eliminate or delay spending $6 to $14 on future major reconstruction costs.

If approved: This project would provide funding to cover more expensive road reconstruction projects citywide, allowing the annual $4.5 million pavement preservation budget to pay for lower-cost street maintenance projects, such as crack-seal and micro-surfacing treatments which can extend a street’s service use by 7 – 10 years.

Project Cost: $10 million | Project timeline: Jan 2018 – Dec 2022

The Cost to You

Property taxes are determined by your property’s assessed value, not the market value. Surprise has a current primary property tax rate of $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property valuation. Currently the city does not have a secondary property tax. If any of the three proposed bond questions are voter approved, it would create a secondary property tax for the city. Any secondary property tax collections are required to be used to pay off the bond debt(s).

Should the Pavement Preservation question receive voter approval, the annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $8 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV) for an anticipated 22 years, or $0.0763 per $100 in Assessed LPV. That’s approximately $0.66 per month, or $0.02 per day.

Follow These Steps To Determine The Property Tax For Your Home:

  1. Visit http://mcassessor.maricopa.gov/
  2. Enter property address in search box, and click on parcel number for details
  3. Scroll down to Valuation Information
  4. Find the “Assessed LPV”
  5. Divide “Assessed LPV” dollar amount by 100, then multiply that number by the $0.0763 rate

Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters beginning October 11. Voter registration closes on October 10 (County added a day, following the Columbus Day Holiday).

Since my last article, the County designated City Hall as a satellite voting site for this election. As a result the in-person voting dates have changed.

In-person replacement ballot voting and ballot drop-off NOW begins on October 28 – November 7, at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. That includes Saturday and Sunday voting. Voting hours on Election Day will be 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more detailed information about the projects, costs and voting process please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.